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CEHAT was awarded Ist prize for the Best presentation at Achutha Menon Public Health Conference

CEHAT was awarded Ist prize for the Best presentation at Achutha Menon Public Health Conference Published Date : 27 Jan 2017
Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies, Trivandrum had organized an Achutha Menon Centre Public Health Conference (AMCCON) 2017 on January 6-7, 2017.
The conference theme was on “recent trends in public health and practice“ and looks at how the discourse on infectious diseases, sexual and reproductive health and use of technologies has evolved in the context of public health. The GME project of Maharashtra implemented by CEHAT presented the learning on how gender has been integrated in the teaching of specific concepts such as infectious diseases and how rights based approach has been integrated in the teaching of undergraduate medicine.
The presentation at conference on ‘Engendering Medical Education’, under the broad theme ‘Sexual & Reproductive Health’ done by Amruta Bavadekar, Sangeeta Rege and Padma Deosthali, from CEHAT was awarded first prize for the Best presentation. It was based on two studies – Review of Medical textbooks and Perception study among medical educators of 7 medical colleges in Maharashtra both of which were a part of lager project of ‘Integrating Gender in Medical Education’
There was also a panel presentation by medical educators who have amended the teaching methodology and integrated gender concerns in teaching specific topics such as infectious diseases and how they have taught medical students that if they become gender aware it can assist them in recognizing risk factors, responses to interventions, experience of social issues, prevalence and manifestations of the illness and biases that affect their care. Similarly educators teaching gynaecology and obstetrics to medical students have integrated an understanding on different gender identities such as intersex and transgender people and recognizing their sexual and reproductive health concerns. It was presented by the following.

1. Dr Pravin Shingare : Head of the Directorate of medical education and research
2. Dr Srinivas Gaddappa : Professor Gynaecology and obstetrics
3. Dr Priya Prabhu : Associate Professor Community medicine
4. Dr Sonali Deshpande : Associate Professor Gynaecology
5. 1 CEHAT delegate
6. 1 UNFPA senior programme officer

Currently the gender lens in teaching of MBBS students is missing. A review of medical text books have shown that many textbooks across disciplines such as gynaecology and obstetrics, community medicine, medicine, psychiatry and forensic medical science carry a lot of biases against women. The medical textbooks thus demonstrate a failure to incorporate psychological, cultural, and social factors relevant to women’s health outcomes. At the level of health care delivery, Health care providers (HCPs) are often found assigning complaints from women, like nausea, more to psychogenic causes, which indicate bias against women. Additionally factors that affect susceptibility to a disease, timely access to health care services, treatment compliance/ default and prognosis differ for men and women based on gender roles they play. A lot of conflation between MTP and PCPNDT act is observed among health care providers, because of which women are denied second trimester abortions, considering them as sex selective, hence abortion need of many vulnerable women is compromised. But these aspects are not given required importance. It is therefore crucial that medicine becomes more gender sensitive and this requires educating medical practitioners on gender issues and how gender interacts with other determinants of health. One such effort has been made by the state of Maharashtra University of health sciences in collaboration with department of medical education and research and CEHAT.



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